Rupturewort (Herniariae herba)

Published September 18, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Herniariae herba, rupturewort.

Composition of Drug

Rupturewort consists of the dried, above-ground parts of Herniaria glabra L. and/or Herniaria hirsuta L. [Fam. Caryophyllaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Rupturewort is used for the treatment and alleviation of conditions and disorders involving the kidneys and urinary tract or the respiratory tract, and in neuritis and neural catarrh, in arthritis and rheumatism, and for "purifying the blood."

Efficacy in the indicated areas of use has not been adequately demonstrated.


None known.


Since the effectiveness for the claimed uses is not sufficiently documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.


Mildly antispasmodic.